LibriVox recording of The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green.
Read in English by Richard Kilmer
Told from the perspective of a Mrs. Truax, the owner of an inn during the time of the American and French Revolutions, "The Forsaken Inn" is a locked-room mystery that keeps readers guessing about what has happened. A young couple stays at the inn for the night, and goes on their way in the morning ... and several years later, the bride's body is found in a secret room of the inn. Yet, many people saw that bride leave with her husband. How can this be? Green tells her tale through Mrs. Truax' diary, and through letters and discussions with other characters who were friends of the young couple. An entertaining and highly recommended read. (Summary by Richard Kilmer)
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Starts off well, with an excellent depiction of the alternatiing horror and self-doubt experienced by perceptive people who fear something very bad is happening among strangers, but have no evidence to take action upon it.
Proceeds with the usual AKG page-turning story-telling, though it gets a little weird around the duel. Sometimes it's better not to make a metaphor literal!
Like many AKG novels, the story is told almost entirely by women, with the primary narrator a self-sufficient business woman who never marries. This is not at all the point of the story, but was uncommon at the time the book was written, and even more so at the time it was set (100 years earlier). It draws an interesting, if entirely subtextual, contrast to the motivations of love, status and wealth that drive the other characters.
It bothers me that upper class perpetrators are never tried for their crimes in books of this era. Silence, even when perpetrators are discovered, is often justified as necessary to "protect the innocent." Remorse and accidents of history are not sufficient consequences for the crimes commited in this book!
There also seems to be a bit of a math problem with the age of the daughter, who could not be more than 16, if that, yet is entertaining proposals of marriage.
ILibrivox makes it difficult to communicate feedback to readers, but give the thousands of hours reader Richard Kilmer has donated, I feel sure he would want to know that "lest" (rhymes with "best") and "least" (rhymes with "beast") are two different words, with different pronunciations and meanings. Likewise "fathom" and "phantom."
May 11, 2016 Subject:
Chilling story set in the 1700's
The story has all the creepy elements that make a good vintage mystery: a supposedly haunted house, secret rooms, passion and greed, assumed identities and a crime that lies hidden for 16 years. The reader does a great job.
February 14, 2016 Subject:
Mysterious and more than a little macabre.
June 25, 2014 Subject:
I recommend this book!
Another well written AKG book! This one is actually spooky in places! The story is very good, and the reader does a decent job with it. He has a very pleasing voice too.